Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
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P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634


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WHITTIER, CA (April 13, 2006)—Following a six-month national search, Robert J. Coleman, director of athletics and recreational sports for The City College of New York (CCNY), has been appointed athletic director for Whittier College in Whittier, Calif. In this new role, Coleman will oversee an athletics program that includes 21 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports teams that seasonally compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Coleman will formally begin his position at Whittier in July 2006.  

"We are delighted that Rob has accepted our invitation to lead Whittier College's athletic program,” said Dr. Joseph Price, chair of the search committee and Whittier professor of religious studies. “He complements his wealth of experience with great enthusiasm and high energy.  Under his leadership we are confident that Whittier's student-athletes will achieve new levels of academic excellence and their teams will record exemplary seasons."   

Since his entry into the field in 1990, Coleman has become a seasoned veteran of athletic administration at both the NCAA Division II and III levels, and his experience spans all levels of sports management: from student athlete to team coach, from teacher to managerial positions. Additionally, Coleman’s history of work with regional and national athletic organizations—NCAA, CUNY Athletic Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference—extends to leadership positions on several team and field advisory committees, and includes a stint as program administrator for the federally-funded National Youth Sports Program, which annually offers a local sports camp for economically-disadvantaged children.  

At CCNY Coleman aggressively reorganized the entire sports program, spearheaded fundraising for and renovation of key sports facilities, and further enhanced a strong intramural and recreational sports program. With oversight for an intercollegiate varsity program that encompasses 14 men’s and women’s teams and 200 student-athletes, Coleman’s leadership and drive combined with effective collaboration with the CCNY coaching staff have increasingly paid off. To date, the college’s varsity teams have earned eight conference championships across five sports, while an additional five have seen their teams advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships. Additionally under Coleman’s guidance, the CCNY program has now produced an impressive five NCAA All-American track and field athletes. 

Prior to his position with CCNY, Coleman spent eight years with Hunter College in New York, hired first as a men’s basketball coach and soon after to concurrently serve as activities director and assistant athletic director. He holds a B.S. in athletic administration from St.Leo College in Florida and an M.Ed specializing in sports management from Springfield College in Massachusetts.  

Upon his arrival this summer, Coleman will take over for Interim Athletic Director Rock Carter, who has served in this capacity for the past year. Carter plans to continue in his regular role in the Whittier athletics department as head men’s basketball coach—this season he enters his thirteenth consecutive season in this position. Likewise, Carter will remain as director for two of the College’s youth-oriented programs: Summer Sports Camp & Swim Club and the Whittier College Basketball Camp.

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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